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    January 3, 2017

    Dear Clarkstown Parents,

    As part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) initiative, NYS has a requirement that all K-4 students be assessed three times (fall, winter, and spring) during a school year to determine student academic needs and monitor student progress through the year. The District has established an RtI process to close achievement gaps for all students including students at risk, students with disabilities, and English language learners by preventing smaller learning problems from becoming insurmountable gaps.

    To meet the RtI need for universal screening, our District has selected a diagnostic tool called STAR Enterprise, which includes both a Reading and a Math component. The winter screening window is from January 9 - February 3, 2017. Students in grades K-5 are scheduled for administration during this time.

    STAR assessments are conducted online and will take approximately 40 minutes depending upon the pace of the student. Results will be available to teachers after they finish the assessment. You may learn more about this assessment by clicking on Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments.

    Again, STAR is a diagnostic test that will provide information to help schools make informed judgments about the next steps for instruction. The diagnostic information provided in the reports will be used to plan for individualized instruction, set goals for students, and measure student progress over time.

    If you have questions about RtI, please feel free to speak to your school principal or me. Thank you for your support in our new school year.


    Ellen M. Connors, Ed.D.
    Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction


    cc:   Mr. Martin Cox
           Mrs. Susan Yom